Thank you all for your comments and support on the Etsy shop opening. Things have been crazy and I didn't have a chance to answer each comment, but I do appreciate them. And of course, thank you so much to those of you who were kind enough to buy some yarn! I hope you all like it. I got a new shipment of yarn in the other day, and I'm just waiting for a chance to dye some of it up. Does anyone have any color suggestions? I usually dye colors I prefer, but I know not everyone has the same taste as I do. Any input would be appreciated!
I've been knitting whenever I get a chance, but I have so many projects going on at once that I don't feel like I'm making any progress. Actually, the number of knits on the needles is starting to freak me out a little bit. They are all demanding my attention, but I'm having a hard time choosing which one to work on. Of course, even though there are already so many projects in the works, I'm still trying to resist casting on for something new. Every time I turn around there is a new project begging to be knit (and yarn begging to be ordered, but we won't go there). Must. Stay. Focused. The bright side is that I actually did finish up one of my many projects, albeit a small one.
Pattern: Hooded Guernsey from Family Knits by Debbie Bliss
Yarn: Knitpicks Swish DK in Dusk
Needles: 3.75mm and 4.0mm Addi circulars
Modifications: Where do I begin? I made so many modifications to this pattern it's hard to decide where to start. First of all, I knit this sweater in the round rather than flat, as directed in the pattern, to make things easier for me (seaming=ugh). In doing this, I forgot to make the kangaroo pocket, so I just skipped it. The pocket wasn't that important a detail to me, anyway. So the stockinette portion was knit completely in the round, and when I bound off for the armholes, I started knitting the front and back separately. I kept the shoulder stitches live, and did a three-needle cast off.
I knit the sleeves by picking up stitches at the armscye and knit from the top down, in the round. Since it's a modified drop-shoulder design, I had to knit the first 14 rows flat, and then joined the sleeve in the round. This way, the sleeve could be joined to the body properly. I actually just knitted a sleeve stitch together with a body stitch as I started a row, this way there was less seaming for me to do at the end. Not only is there less seaming, but by knitting top-down, I could tailor the length of the sleeve precisely. Very clever. Once I finished knitting the sweater itself, I decided I liked the way it looked and chose to skip out on the hood altogether. I don't think a hood would be particularly useful to a two-year-old, therefore it seemed like a waste of yarn and time.
Unfortunately, when I tried to put the sweater on said two-year-old this morning, he wanted nothing of it. It was really cold this morning, so I wanted to be sure he was warm enough for the trip to bring his sister to school. I put his t-shirt on, then proceeded to put the sweater on. He immediately started pulling it over his head and yelling, "Get it off"! That started out my day making me feel appreciated. Now I don't think I'll feel so guilty about being such a selfish knitter. At least I know I'll appreciate my handknits. And if I don't, it's my own damn fault!